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Investment in emerging regions has escalated over the past number of years with many investors committed to the idea of generating extra return through exposure to these markets. A combination of higher economic growth, higher risk (in the form of volatility), and more diversification are the reasons usually put forward for this conviction. More recently, a lack of indebtedness and better performance during the global financial crisis has made investors revisit their interpretation of risk and further increase their enthusiasm.  Historically, lower debt levels reduce economic vulnerability (with particular links to taxes ...
banking system caused by the overvaluation of assets. It has resulted in the collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments and downturns in stock markets around the world. In many areas, the housing market has also suffered, resulting in numerous evictions , foreclosures and prolonged vacancies. It is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It contributed to the failure of key businesses, declines in consumer wealth estimated in the trillions of U.S. dollars, substantial financial commitments incurred by governments , and a ...
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BBC - Stephanomics: The Eurozone crisis: what's it all about?
We know the Eurozone crisis is important, but in the daily talk of "bank stress tests" and "special purpose vehicles", it's easy to lose sight of the big picture: why the crisis has happened, what we should be worried about, and what could happen next. This week Robert Peston are I will be trying to step back to answer some of those big questions, in a series of essays on the Eurozone crisis for Radio 4's PM programme. Here's the first one, looking at some of the economic and political roots of the crisis. Robert will continue tomorrow with an essay on the funding challenges facing ... market research, surveys and trends
15 States Facing A Terrible Demographic Crisis
I wouldn't be so quick to put Catholics in with Muslims and Hindus. Catholics practice birth control at the same rate as the rest of the population, and they abort their unwanted babies at a surprisingly high rate. Rhode Island, a very Catholic state, is listed among the worst for demographics here. God said, "I give you the choice between life and death. Choose life." Americans have chosen death through contraception and abortion. This country will be inherited by peoples from other lands. Since Roe v. Wade, we have aborted over 50 million future taxpayers, not to mentioned the numbers kept from conception, and ... market research, surveys and trends

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Britain: Financial crisis threatens pensions and retirement plans
A little discussed aspect of the global financial crisis is the devastating impact it is having on pensions. This is particularly acute in Britain. State provision is poor and successive governments have forced workers to rely on occupational pensions, on which half of all British workers depend, private pensions and annuities, and the value of their homes to finance their retirement. In the last year, the London stock market has fallen by nearly 40 percent and deficits in UK occupational pensions in the top 100 corporations have leapt from £40 billion a year ago to more than £122 billion in October of this year if more ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Pension 'Crisis': Did Prop 21 Pave The Way?
A little-known ballot measure a quarter century ago, Proposition 21 in 1984, opened the door for much of the current controversy over California's public employee pensions. Pension funds had been required to put most of their money into bonds. The measure lifted the lid and pension funds, seeking higher yields, began shifting most of their money to stocks and other riskier investments. Now it's possible to look at the big problems facing public pensions and suspect that the difficulty would be smaller and more manageable, perhaps even avoided in some cases, if the funds had stayed with a conservative investment ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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BEIJING — China tried to allay concern about the political impact of its $2.5 trillion foreign reserves, saying they are not a "nuclear weapon" to control other nations and its vast holdings of U.S. Treasury debt "should not be politicized." ___ PARIS — The committee subjecting some of Europe's biggest banks to Europe-wide stress tests has widened the factors aimed at determining their financial health. The tests would assume for their "adverse scenario" economic output that is 3 percentage points less than European Union estimates over a two-year time period, the Committee of ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Experts: Britain To Dodge Double Dip - Just
The group of economists and business leaders made the call as they correctly predicted the Bank of England would make no changes to monetary policy following its July interest rate meeting. The 12-strong panel was unanimous in saying the likelihood of another downturn had increased in the last three months - because of both spending cuts at home and international factors such as the eurozone debt crisis. But they stopped short of saying it had become a probable outcome - aside from pensions expert Donna Bradshaw, who regarded a fresh bout of economic contraction as "inevitable". Ian McCafferty, chief economic adviser ... market trends, news research and surveys resources

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The Pensions Crisis: Adair Turner Report, October 2004
Oct 13, 2004 ... So, the pensions crisis affects everyone and is destined to become an ... as it prevents those who have not saved from facing the consequences. ... In the 1980s , Australia had an ageing population with too few people ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
International Update, April 2010: Recent Developments in Foreign ...
On April 1, a new law went into effect that seeks to discourage employers' use of certain early retirement programs in Belgium by increasing the contribution rate for participating employers. Among the programs affected by the new law is the so-called "conventional bridge pension," which provides an employer-sponsored supplement in addition to unemployment benefits to older workers who are laid off from their jobs before reaching the normal retirement age of 65. (The minimum age to receive this supplement is 58 in most sectors, but workers can qualify as early as age 50 under special circumstances.) The supplement ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
The political economy of pension reform in Russia: Why partial ...
Some of these countries are already facing .... In order to address the growing pension crisis in Russia, Putin created the “National Soviet for ..... Canberra, Australia: International Fellowship for Social and. Economic Development. ...
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The decline of savings rates (not interest, but the amount of people who fail to save their money as previous generations have). Everything is so easy - easy credit, easy ways to shop - but no one saves money anymore! We've become a debtor nation! It's just wrong in so many ways. 11 months ago 0% 0 Votes Member since: August 29, 2007 Total points: 21763 (Level 6) People borrowing money they don't have to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like. And thinking it's OK. 11 months ago 0% 0 Votes Member since: June 08, 2009 Total points: 6134 (Level 5) The ...
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What are the lates statistics for divorce in these countries as above? Are there statistics for live-in partners breaking up (concentrate on UK and US)? What are the stats on children born out of wedlock? What impact is this having on society in terms of cost to society of divorce/effects on children/effects on women's workload, mental health and financial status? Are marriage stats falling? How many women head single households UK and then US. How many men do? What is the normal arrangement vis a vis sharing childcare responsibilities. Is there a standard arrangement vis a vis sharing financial responsibilty ie ...